According to cars.com, early in 2002, a sporty new Turbo S edition of the New Beetle joined the lineup. This model is equipped with a turbocharged, high-output, 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed-manual transmission. Meanwhile, the New Beetle with the turbocharged, 150-hp, 1.8-liter engine added 16-inch alloy wheels.
Built on the front-wheel-drive Golf/Jetta platform and produced in Puebla, Mexico, the New Beetle draws a cross section of American buyers that ranges from teen-agers getting their first car to aging baby boomers who may be reminded of their youth. Other New Beetle models available include the GL, GLS, GLS TDI diesel, GLS Turbo and GLX.
The New Beetle helped spark a big sales surge after it debuted in 1998, but sales dropped a bit in 2000 and fell further in 2001. Ever since the New Beetle hatchback has been on the market, there’s been speculation regarding a convertible version. Now expected to emerge in fall 2002, the New Beetle convertible could help trigger another burst of enthusiasm. The convertible’s development has been taking place at the Karmann facility in Germany.
2002 VW Volkswagen Jetta Owners Manual